Why would the NBA block a video of the Orlando Magic honoring T-Mac on YouTube?

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Aka VincentDa & RedApples fka Expiredpineapples. My alter-ego is a digital-marketing guy in Houston. Won editing awards & created obsolete flash websites that have been featured in mags like Sports Illustrated. Studied film & women at FSU during the golden age of hip-hop. Collects records, laserdiscs, sports memorabilia & toys. Father of 2 daughters that are more athletic and popular on YouTube.

| November 5th, 2013 | 2,050 Views

(11.5.2013 Update: The video above is no longer blocked)

The video you can’t see above was an awesome 14 minute video of the Orlando Magic honoring Tracy McGrady.  What you can see is the message “This video contains content from the NBA, who has blocked it on copyright grounds.”  True, it does contain copyrighted footage owned by the NBA but so does a few million other videos on YouTube.  If you just search for “Tracy McGrady” in YouTube you will get 347k results and I’m pretty sure less than a 100 are put out by the NBA’s official channel.

The 1st page results for that query pulls up everything from career mixes of T-Mac, showing footage from his early days in Toronto to his final days in San Antonio, to footage of T-Mac on the NBA TV show “Open Court” to footage of T-Mac going up against Michael Jordan.  The reason why I mentioned the Jordan video is because I’ve noticed over the years that a lot of videos of Michael Jordan getting blocked and/or in fights have been removed.  Sounds silly or probably just some type of coincidence but the reason why I know this is because I’ve re-visited blogs posts of mine that featured footage of players getting the best of Jordan and the videos had the same message present on the T-Mac video above.   Here’s a couple.

Sam Perkins



I’ve also uploaded quite a few fight videos over the years and most of them have been flagged too but for some reason there’s tons of NBA fight mixes on YouTube.   The query “NBA Fight” pulls up over 1.5 million results but somehow 3 of my less than probably 300 videos I’ve uploaded have been flagged as copyright infringement.

I just don’t get the rhyme or reason behind how the NBA watch dogs pick and choose which videos to flag, but I know they wasted no time removing the above T-Mac video which was posted by a user called “Return of the Mac” who has posted 242 McGrady videos and has 2,305 subscribers and almost 2 million views!

Now all we are left with are a couple of crappy videos that just doesn’t do any justice for the T-Mac fans that would like to see McGrady honored.  Here’s a quick 2 minute video of the tribute followed by a press conference video that I think was shot with a cheap phone or a potato.

Check out a few more videos of MJ getting blocked that the NBA decided to block.

Laphonso Ellis

Travis Knight

Kris Benson

Malik Sealy

Dennis Johnson

John Salley





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